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Firefighters contain yard debris blaze on Cauthen Street in Heath Springs

By Reece Murphy

HEATH SPRINGS –Firefighters from two volunteer fire departments and the state forestry commission contained a grass fire on Cauthen Street on Sunday, Dec. 23 that burned through two yards and threatened the woods near a home.


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Police investigate armed robbery

By Chris Sardelli

Investigators are sorting out the details of a possible armed robbery of a pedestrian that happened Wednesday night, Dec. 19. 

Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said the robbery happened near the intersection of Wylie and Barr streets. 

Grant said investigators interviewed at least eight people on Thursday about the case. 


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Lewellen uses literacy day to teach acceptance and awareness

Miss North Greenville visits Brooklyn Springs Elementary

By Michele Roberts

Brooklyn Springs Elementary School welcomed a special guest to celebrate International Reading Day.


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Outgoing County Council members look back

By Chris Sardelli

The memories of meetings long since past swirled about the historic courthouse earlier this month as three Lancaster County Council members said their goodbyes.

Sharing food, laughs, hugs and remembrances with a large group of family and friends, outgoing council members Kathy Sistare, Rudy Carter and Cotton Cole were all recognized during a drop-in event Dec. 10.

After saying a few words about each member, Councilman Larry Honeycutt presented each with a plaque, some adorned with ceremonial gavels, to thank them for their service.


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Former county probate judge, postal worker collapsed, died Tuesday

Friends recall Reecie Pate as a people person

By Michele Roberts

A former Lancaster County probate judge died Tuesday after he collapsed while moving a bookshelf at his home.


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Faulkenberry Christmas basket total now at $6,030

By Greg Summers

For many in Lancaster County, supporting the annual Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund has become a custom each holiday season.

“What’s so special is those who, year after year, step up to help and honor and remember their loved ones for a great cause,” said Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively), which oversees the effort.

Adkins cited a recent donation to the fund that provides food for hurting families each Christmas season as an example. The drive is in its 53rd year.


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Susan DeVenny raised in quiet Connecticut town

Community reacts to Newtown shooting

By Reece Murphy

On Friday, Dec. 14, the nation reeled in horror at news of the tragedy that struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., when a mentally ill man forced his way inside and murdered 20 children and six adults trying to protect them.


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Driver wanted in connection to Amber Alert in Chesterfield County now in custody

Two kids safe after police chase

By Greg Summers

A suspect wanted in connection to two missing children in Chesterfield County early Thursday, Dec. 20, was arrested here about 11:45 a.m. near the North Carolina state line after a police chase. 

Authorities had issued an statewide Amber Alert for two children – Dennis Matthew Penny III, 5, and Grace Elizabeth Penny, 2.

The two were taken from their home in the Mount Croghan community about 7:30 a.m., Thursday and were believed to be with 37-year old Dennis Matthew Penny II.

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City police investigate possible armed robbery

By Chris Sardelli

Investigators are sorting out the details of a possible armed robbery of a pedestrian that happened Wednesday night, Dec. 19. 

Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said the robbery happened between 7 and 8 p.m. near the intersection of Wylie and Barr streets. No one was injured in the incident. 

On Thursday morning several people were being interviewed in the case, he said.


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School officials assure parents in wake of Newtown incident

Connecticut school shooting aftermath; keeping our children safe

By Reece Murphy

It’s been five days now since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., left 20 children and six educators dead, news that struck the nation like a slap in the face.

Until Friday, Dec. 14, many Americans had become numb to news of mass shootings; shock and sadness, at first, quickly pushed to the back of the nation’s collective mind in a fatigued response to an all-too common crime.

But this was different, a crime of unimaginable evil in a place assumed to be among the last truly safe institutions in society.


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